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CCF sets up funds for disasters, Irma


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Sep. 11, 2017 - 3:59 PM

CCF sets up funds for disasters, Irma

The Newnan Times-Herald

The Coweta Community Foundation has set up two funds – one specifically for issues related to Hurricane Irma and another for disaster response generally.

The CCF board voted to create the Coweta County and Hurricane Irma Disaster Response Funds. Both funds are now open and accepting donations, according to Ginger Jackson Queener, board chair for CCF.

“The Coweta County Disaster Response Fund will be available for any future disasters that occur in Coweta and affect its residents,” Queener said.

For the Hurricane Irma Disaster Response Fund, the foundation will be partnering with sister community foundations in the areas that were affected and have residents who need assistance in getting back on their feet after the hurricane. The Hurricane Irma Fund will serve those residents in Georgia first and then spread to other states.
 
“Most all community foundations across the U.S. have such funds for their own communities and open them for community members to donate to when disasters occur across the U.S.,” Queener said.

She noted that after Texas experienced recent flooding, several organizations in this
community banded together to take supplies to those affected. The foundation received phone calls from people asking if a mechanism was in place to donate to assist flood victims, and they noted it was hard to decide where to send funds to ensure that those affected would be served. 

At the time, the foundation did not have a conduit available for such funds. Over the weekend, however, board members voted overwhelmingly that it was time to create the Coweta County Disaster Relief Fund and proactively be prepared to assist those who will be affected by Hurricane Irma. 

The Coweta Community Foundation has never before had a disaster response fund.

With this new Coweta County Disaster Response Fund, the foundation will be able to make immediate grants to nonprofit agencies in Coweta County that serve families who are in need because of natural or unexpected disasters. Organizations like Bridging the Gap, One Roof, Real Life Center, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Goodwill Southern Rivers – Newnan would be the agencies assisting local residents with such needs as food, clothing, shelter, rent deposits and utilities.

Since the foundation is already familiar with these organizations, creating and managing the new fund is a fairly simple process, and the fund will remain open as long as CCF is in existence, according to Queener.

Contributions can be made online. 

For the Coweta County Disaster Response Fund, visit
https://cowetafoundation.org/g...

For the Hurricane Irma fund, visit  https://cowetafoundation.org/g...

Checks may also be mailed directly to Coweta Community Foundation, P.O. Box 236, Newnan, GA 30264. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and 100
percent of the funds donated will be used for the intended purpose, Queener said.